Psychology A-Level at New College Pontefract
Ever wondered if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today or why some people conform? Psychology explores a wide range of approaches to explain human behaviour and how our mind works from a scientific and research based perspective.
The course will look at topics such as the interaction between infants and their caregivers, the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, and will introduce you to psychological disorders such as depression. You will also acquire an understanding of scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis. You will develop valuable study skills in addition to a broad base of knowledge spanning one of the most interesting and varied courses available.
Social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in Psychology, biopsychology, psychopathology and research methods.
Issues and debates in Psychology and one topic from each of the following options:
Option one - relationships, gender, cognition and development
Option two - schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress
Option three - aggression, forensic psychology, addiction
Level 5 English, Level 5 in Maths and Level 5-5 in Combined Science
At Year 12, you will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences) through a range of topics, chosen for their accessibility and popularity.
Year 12 Units
· Cognitive psychology, including memory and eyewitness testimony
· Developmental psychology, including early social development, attachment and the effects of day care
· Scientific research methods, in the context of the above areas
Biological psychology, including stress, factors affecting stress, coping with stress and managing stress
· Social psychology, including majority and minority influence, obedience and independent behaviour
· Individual differences, including definitions of abnormality, approaches and therapies
Year 13 Units:
· Biological rhythms and sleep
· The psychology of addictive behaviour
· Research Methods including statistical testing
Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.
Psychology can be pursued in its own right - as either a clinical, educational or occupational psychologist - but other relevant careers include teaching, nursing, medicine, the police, social work, business management, marketing, sport, speech therapy and a wide range of other careers.
What skills do I need?
- A desire to know and understand human behaviour and experience.
- An ability to think critically and evaluate these differing explanations.
- Able to express knowledge and understanding through structured written work.
- The ability to learn and revise lots of new content.
How will I be taught?
Each Psychology class will be taught using a variety of methods including formal teaching and activity based learning, class discussion, revision tests and practice of exam questions.
You will also undertake a series of formal assessments which will allow you to have the opportunity to practise valuable exam skills.
As an approximate guideline Y12 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Y13 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each
What materials will I need to purchase?
A ring binder and notepaper
Psychology is for you if: You have an interest in science, want to understand and evaluate human behaviour and can learn and memorise lots of information
Psychology is not for you if: You don’t like big exams and struggle to revise lots of new information
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.